No clue, I appreciated your help, but I am back to the old problem of not being able to boot! I don't know what it is? Mint, might not like my hardware. Not sure, but I have now tried both KDE and Gnome versions and it is the same pattern. It boots okay the first couple maybe few times and then next time, when I get to the first splash screen with the progress bar, it freezez, with no HD activity. It just stops in its tracks. I have no clue (no pun intended) confused the problem is.
I plan to try both the 32 and 64 bit versions of ubuntu to see if there is a difference, and if not then maybe wait until the next release. If anyone has any suggestions bast on my other posts about the failed boot as to what I can do or maybe what I am doing, I'd appreciate the help.